The American Legion Promise

The every-day news is appalling. I’m not talking about how and which side is slanting it. I’m talking about the basic and obvious events in the United States and abroad. My message here is about how Americans, especially American veterans, remain committed to deal with all of this on behalf of all Americans long after our tours of duty are over.

I’ve written previously about the history, beliefs and achievements of the American Legion. Now it’s time you know exactly what we have stood for over the past century. Reiterating our creed is especially important now in such turbulent times.

Prior to the language of our constitution comes a preamble. The function of a preamble is to clearly outline the intent of the ensuing document. Think of the Preamble to the US Constitution. That Preamble is not the law; that is the function of the Constitution. The Constitution’s Preamble function is to explain the reason for the rationale behind the main document. So it is with the American Legion’s preface.

The best thing do do at this point is to state our preamble, then to put it into perspective. A true American will realize the weighty nature of these objectives. It reads:

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES

TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might;

To promote peace and goodwill on earth;

To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Our first name says it all. American. That means we, the American Legion, are patriots in the traditional sense, with liberty and justice for all. We of the American Legion have not and will not waver.

Take a moment to reflect on so many divisive messages from all sides of the cultural spectrum these days, so many of them arguably manufactured. Whether it is the guilt-ridden private and public sectors with its “woke” distractions, or who is or was at fault with the COVID pandemic, or the who-is-to-get-what machinations of a wobbly economy, or simply the incessant bleatings of the sheep on either side of the political spectrum, know this: our preamble is a message of hope and strength and faith in the American dream, the American way of life. This we will defend.

It’s best if we do not have to do this alone. We ask your support. We ask that you rally with those who have defended your country. And if you served this nation in the military, “associate together,” as the preamble directs, and join us as we “foster 100 percent Americanism.”

Ed Coons is the Commander of the American Legion Post 184 in Hudson.

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